Love Island is back on our screens and another whirlwind of summer love is about to commence. We will watch and wonder which romantic hopefuls will find their kindred spirit on the smash reality TV show.
We want you to cast your mind back to couples from previous editions of Love Island who have managed to stay together since finding fame in their swimwear on the small screen.
Last year’s summer series saw Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti win in dramatic fashion, while the winter edition of the ITV2 show saw Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan emerge victorious in the South African sunshine
The 2023 Love Island line-up includes Maya Jama on hosting duties, as well as 21-year-old business owner André Furtado, 22-year-old aesthetics practitioner Jess Harding, and Sheffield gas engineer Mitchel Taylor among those looking for love.
While we might find ourselves getting swept up in the starry-eyed glances that this year’s contestants will be making, the truth is that the real world can be tough for Love Island couples.
But to get you in the mood for love, here are the pairings that have gone the distance since finding each other on Love Island.
Ekin-Su and Davide – 2022
The 2022 Love Island winners moved in together in November last year, cementing a romance that swung this way and that throughout their time on the screen. They’ve been away to the Maldives together, and Davide has supported Ekin-Su, who is of Turkish origin, following the earthquake that hit her country in February 2023.
Olivia and Alex – 2016
All the way back in 2016, Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen came second in Love Island. Fast forward to today, and they are married with a baby boy named Abel and seven years of happy memories to look back on!
Cara and Nathan – 2016
Another 2016 success story are Cara Delahoyde and Nathan Massey, who won their series of Love Island and then managed to recover from a rocky patch in their relationship to become a married couple with a son called Freddie-George and a daughter called Delilah. Nathan even took Cara back to the Love Island villa to propose!
Jess and Dom – 2017
While they didn’t enjoy much success as Love Island contestants, Jess Shears and Dom Lever have proved their doubters wrong ever since. The happy couple tied the knot on the Greek island of Mykonos in a televised wedding ceremony, and now have two children together.
Camilla and Jamie – 2017
Surviving the legendary ‘six-month curse’ that often afflicts couples when they leave the island, Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt from Love Island 2017 have enjoyed a storybook romance, marrying in 2021 and going on to become happy parents to two children, Nell and Nora.
Molly-Mae and Tommy – 2019
Probably the most well-known couple on our list are the runners-up from Love Island series 5, Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury. This well-matched couple were never in the bottom two during a stellar performance as 2019 contestants. But their love was not just for show, and they moved in together in Manchester just months later. They now have a daughter, Bambi, and four years of happy memories together.
Molly and Callum – winter 2020
Molly Smith and Callum Jones fell for each other at Casa Amor in the winter series of Love Island in 2020, and the kiss they shared almost instantly led to a romance that has blossomed ever since. They now share a four-bedroom home together in Manchester.
Eva and Nas – winter 2020
The sixth series of Love Island produced several stable relationships, including that of Nas Majeed and Eva Zapico, who might have only coupled up late in the show but have since moved in together. Known as one of the most wholesome couples in the history of the show, Eva and Nas look set for a long future together!
Tasha and Andrew – 2022
Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page have not left each other’s sides since they got together on Love Island in 2022, now living together in east London. Tasha became the first deaf contestant on Love Island and Andrew showed his love for her by having ‘I love you’ tattooed on his body in British Sign Language. Awww!
Indiyah and Dami – 2022
Love Island romance isn’t always straightforward, and there were arguments between Dami Hope and Indiyah Polack after they coupled up on the 2022 series of Love Island. But their relationship has since strengthened, with Dami claiming they are now “very strong and solid together” at their shared home in London.
Shaq and Tanya – winter 2023
It might not have been long since Shaq Muhammad and Tanya Manhenga fell for each other in the winter edition of Love Island this year, but we’re happy to report they’re still going strong and have been seen on a romantic vacation together at a luxurious Manchester apartment since their South African romance.
Ron and Lana – winter 2023
Since finishing second in the winter edition of Love Island earlier this year, Ron Hall and Lana Jenkins have spent just a few days apart, but they’re not in a rush to take the next step. Lana told The Mirror: “We each want to buy a house by ourselves first, and then we can share houses.” Like many former islanders, she picked Manchester as the city the happy couple will be most likely to move to should they eventually move in together.
Kai and Sanam – winter 2023
Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan have enjoyed a happy two months together since they were crowned Love Island winners in winter 2023. Kai is a teacher and Sanam is a social worker, making them another of the show’s most wholesome couples, and they are making a go of it despite there being 150 miles between their respective homes in Manchester and Bedford.